Thanda still riding the crest of the NFD wave

Crowd attendance last Sunday was massive and it going to be even bigger this weekend as Amazulu supporters travel to the uMhlathuze Stadium in their hundreds Photo: Dave Savides

AFTER beating Mbombela United 2-1 over the weekend and a creditable 1-1 away draw to Witbank Spurs on Wednesday, Thanda Royal Zulu will want to maintain their unbeaten status when they host AmaZulu on Sunday.

Jabulani ‘Dancing Shoes’ Ncobeni scored for the Amabhubesi to gain a valuable point against Spurs.

At the same time, closest challengers Royal Eagles did them a favour by sliding to a 1-0 defeat against lowly Cape Town All Stars.

Black Leopards have leapfrogged into second place courtesy of a 1-0 victory over Santos but they are still trailing Thanda by a massive 12 points, with just three points separating third to tenth positions.

AmaZulu, stung by a loss to Mthatha Bucks last time out, are among that chasing pack and Thanda will not take them lightly.

They need another win to consolidate their quest for PSL status.

Thanda’s inspirational captain Innocent Maela is now also among the league’s top ten sharpshooters, with five goals to his name

‘It’s getting closer with every positive result,’ Amabhubesi CEO Jomo Biyela said after the Witbank game.

‘Our feet are firmly on the ground and we have set goals for the second half of the season in terms of the number of points we need to go all the way.’

Though he is going through a barren patch at the moment, Mhlengi Cele remains the joint leading NFD goalscorer with nine to his name, while captain Innocent Maela also finds himself on the top ten list with five goals.

Expect a humdinger on Sunday in front of a massive crowd that will be boosted by hundreds of travelling Usuthu fans.


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